Sunday, April 30, 2006

"Honest mistake" and accountability.

Well well, Mr Jame Gomez seems to be grabbing the headlines nowadays after he reversed his earlier claim that he had submitted an application to the Elections Department for a minorities candidate certificate when - in fact - he did not.

Commenting on this incident Mr George Yeo said:
"Workers' Party said it was an oversight, we are making a mountain out of a molehill and it was an honest mistake - let us look at it. If you go to a department store supermarket, take a big item put it into your bag is that an oversight? Is that an honest mistake? I am not sure."
Wow, is Mr Yeo comparing Mr Gomez to a shoplifter just because he had forgotten to hand up his form?

Maybe Mr Yeo had forgotten about this:

ABC News:
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has apologised to Prime Minister John Howard after failing to tell him that an execution date had been set for an Australian drug trafficker.

Van Nguyen, 25, is to be hanged on December 2.

The date was announced in a letter sent to the Melbourne home of Nguyen's mother.

At the same time, Mr Howard was meeting Mr Lee at the APEC summit in South Korea.

However, Mr Lee did not tell him that a date had been fixed.

"I'm very disappointed I was not told, very disappointed," Mr Howard said.

A statement issued by Mr Lee's office says he has "apologised".

"This was because the letter informing the family of the execution date was mistakenly delivered a day early," it said.

"The letter to the family was meant to be delivered on 18 November."

The plan was for Mr Lee to inform Mr Howard once the family had been told, which should have been Friday.

"We are investigating how this came about," the statement said.

"Prime Minister Lee has read Prime Minister Howard's comments and has apologised for the embarrassment."
A more detailed account of the embarrassing affair can be found here.

A "honest mistake", Mr George Yeo, Minister of Foreign Affairs?

Accountability anyone?

Anyway poll your opinion here


At 12:22 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger BEAST said...

My opinion:

I can relate to James, actually. Like him, I am a sucker for paper work.

I remembered the time when I applied for admission at Polytechnic: There were so many forms, I messed them all up and it took me an hour to sort them all out with the administrative staff.

We are all human beings: Sure, James is a disorderly guy (If I may use that term), but this doesn't prove that he is not eligible for voting.

Everyone, even the PAPs, have their short-comings. It is not fair to slam the guy just because he "forgot" to fill up a simple form.

Call him sloppy or disorderly, but I wouldn't go so far as to slam his character as "riff raff".

At 2:00 AM, May 01, 2006, Blogger at82 said...

Hi beast:

Exactly, he had already said sorry.

So what do u want him to do?

Even Mr Yeo Cheow Tong didn't say sorry when the Nicole highway collapse.

It is called a "honest mistake" just like NKF.

At 9:54 AM, May 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over here in the good O'US, there is a saying, "There is no such thing as bad publicity". Publicity good or bad is still publicity. Politicians, movie stars, etc. all need publicity, even so called bad publicity to get their name out in the media. The way I look at it, perhaps Gomez might even benefit from this free publicity by the "1st word media" when they indirectly make Gomez a recognizable household name since their reporting of the alternative parties are so lopsided. Again I'd like to think that the general populace is smarter than the pap mouthpiece to swallow all this crap re Gomez and are probably sick of hearing it over and over again.

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